A mixture of digital and on-the-ground solutions are being proposed by MK Council to reduce the risk of future flooding.
MK Council’s Cabinet is set to approve a new flood risk management plan at a meeting on 12 July. The plan describes the Council’s intentions to work even more closely with partners and communities to assess and respond to flood risks. Some of the points considered in the plan:
The increased use of digital technology - for instance workers using mobile devices to measure and record water flow and installing sensors in flood risk areas to send alerts.
Working with partners on the good maintenance of essential flood infrastructure.
Continue adapting MK’s local planning policy to reduce flood risk with particular focus on brownfield development sites.
Climate change is already having a very real impact on the severity of rainfall in Milton Keynes which sharply increases the chances of flooding. This extreme rainfall is out of our short-term control, but we can take sensible steps to reduce flood risks, and help residents and businesses be ‘flood prepared’. It’s important that we set out our plans so partners and communities can understand the risk of flooding, and how they can contribute to our work to reduce this risk. - Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability, Cllr Wilson-Marklew